What you should know about Raw Food Diets!

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A raw food diet is a diet that eliminates processed foods and foods that are exposed to temperatures above 117oF. The types of foods that are included in a raw food diet vary by individual. The most common raw food diet is a vegan raw food diet that cuts out all animal products; however, some people choose to include animal products that are not cooked or processed. The staple foods for any raw food diet include vegetables, fruits, beans, legumes, nuts, seeds, and grains.

Tiger Nuts are made of dehydrated tubers, a nutrient storehouse found in the roots of plants, and make an excellent addition to a raw diet. Supreme Peeled Tiger Nuts make a great snack anytime during the day while Premium Organic Tiger Nuts and Premium Organic Tiger Nuts Flour can be used as ingredients in a variety of recipes.

Raw vs. Cooked

Both physical and chemical changes occur when foods are cooked including texture, colour, and nutrient changes. Many vitamins and minerals are heat-sensitive and can be destroyed when exposed to higher temperatures. Because of this, cooked fruits and vegetables have less vitamins and minerals than raw fruits and vegetables. This is also true for other foods that contain important vitamins and minerals. Some enzymes found in raw foods that can help with digestion and absorption can also be destroyed with the cooking process.

Health Benefits

Eating a raw food diet has been associated with many health benefits. Raw food diets are highly effective for weight loss and have been shown to lower blood cholesterol and triglyceride levels. This leads to a decreased risk of cardiovascular disease, type II diabetes, and high blood pressure. A plant-based diet may also prevent certain types of cancer and is associated with decreased risk of mortality. People who follow a raw food diet claim to have more energy, better skin, and feel healthier overall.

Risks

A major risk associated with a raw food diet is foodborne illnesses caused by bacteria that can grow to harmful levels in our food. Many harmful bacteria are killed when foods are cooked, so consuming a raw diet could increase your risk of a foodborne illness; however, there are many ways you can reduce your risk of getting sick with a raw food diet.

  • Make sure that food safety procedures are followed such as keeping cold foods refrigerated or frozen at a temperature that is under 41oF.
  • If cold foods go above this temperature, they should be thrown out after 4 hours OR when they reach a temperature above 70oF.
  • The United States Food and Drug Association (USDA) also warns against consuming raw milk due to the higher risk of infection from bacteria such as E. coli. Tiger Nut milk is a great milk alternative that can be made with ground-up Premium Peeled Tiger Nuts and water.

Choosing a Raw Food Diet

If you choose to eat a raw food diet, you will be well on your way to a healthier lifestyle that cuts out unhealthy, processed foods that are high in sodium, saturated fats, trans fat, and other additives or chemicals that can lead to a variety of health problems. There are many ways to make a raw food diet exciting and delicious, such as these ideas listed below.

Granola Bars

Granola bars can be made by mixing chopped up Premium Organic Tiger Nuts, seeds, oats, dried fruits, or any other ingredients you want to include. Adding honey, agave nectar, or pure maple syrup can help hold the granola bar together to make a delicious breakfast or snack that is high in fibre and healthy fats.

Chilled Soups

Chilled soups are an excellent meal option that can include a variety of vegetables, beans, grains, and herbs. They can be eaten as a chunky soup or blended together for a smooth texture. Adding avocado is a great way to make soups creamier while adding healthy unsaturated fats. Avocado has many health benefits like decreasing blood cholesterol levels and may prevent against certain types of cancer. Premium Organic Tiger Nut Flour can also be mixed in with soups to make a thicker consistency.

Pizza

While most pizzas are cooked and made with cheese, there are also many raw diet versions of pizza. Crusts can be made from cauliflower, nut flour, seeds like flaxseed, or other vegetable bases and can be dehydrated to make a firm texture. Try making a crust with mashed up cauliflower, Premium Organic Tiger Nuts Flour, enough water to form a paste-like crust, and dried herbs for flavour. After mixing them together and forming them into a crust, dehydrate them until the crust is firm. These pizzas can be topped with a basil pesto sauce and mixed vegetables, or you can be creative and make your own pizza with whatever toppings you want to include.

Lettuce wraps

Lettuce is a great tortilla alternative that can be used to make a raw food taco or sandwich wrap with any raw ingredients inside. To make tacos, add beans, diced tomatoes, avocado, and a homemade salsa to a lettuce leaf. To make a delicious Tiger Nuts wrap, mix together soaked quinoa, peas, avocado, shredded carrots, and chopped up Supreme Peeled Tiger Nuts with any raw diet sauce and wrap with a large lettuce leaf.

If you have been looking for a “Seriously Healthy Snack Food”, or just want to lose some weight, our Premium Organic and Supreme Peeled Tiger Nuts are ideal for you!

You see they are 100% Gluten Free, 100% Organic, 100% NUT FREE, 100% Allergen Free, 100% Dairy Free, High in Fibre, Low in Calories & Fats, High in Nutrition, Non GMO, Paleo Perfect and they taste great, like coconut! Tiger Nuts are probably the “Healthiest single source’ snack food on the market”.

According to MSN and media like Prevention magazine, “Tiger Nuts are the Best weight loss snack you have never heard of”. And Good Housekeeping has named them “One of the Top 7 Health Food trends of the year”.